The Notebook Dump: News tidbits, notes from college men’s volleyball

Time to empty the notebook that is filled with college men’s volleyball news and notes. Check out some of the more interesting news tidbits and other notes involving college men’s volleyball.

Ohio State to visit White House
The defending NCAA champions Ohio State announced Tuesday via Twitter that the team has received an invitation to attend the White House on Friday. It is a modern tradition spanning numerous U.S. presidential administrations that NCAA championship teams receive an invitation to the White House.

Former All-EIVA player joins Eastern Mennonite
Eastern Mennonite announced Tuesday that it hired former George Mason opposite Jack Wilson to be an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Wilson joins the Division III team after finishing his senior season in 2017 among the conference leaders with a 3.48 kills per game average and earned First-Team All-EIVA honors.

Rainbow Warriors bring volleyball to community
Hawai’i will conduct a youth volleyball clinic and play an intrasquad scrimmage during the weekend at Kauai High School, according to a report in The Garden Island on Tuesday. The clinic on Friday will be for middle school and high school players, while the Green and White scrimmage will take place Saturday.

Former MIVA coach leads new Division III program
Former Quincy and Fort Wayne assistant coach Rhyen Staley was named the inaugural head coach for the Concordia University Chicago men’s volleyball program on Monday. Staley began his college coaching career at Fort Wayne in 2004 before becoming the Quincy associate head coach for two seasons. He also arrives to the NCAA Division III school after spending the last 10 years as a high school coach with Joliet Catholic Academy.

Cumberland lands new head coach
Cumberland University announced Wednesday that it selected Scott Barbe to be the head coach of its new men’s volleyball program. Barbe spent three seasons as the head coach at Ave Maria before stepping down in 2016 to take care of family members. He also was the owner of Dynasty Volleyball Club in Michigan from 2007-15. Cumberland is a NAIA school located in Lebanon, Tennessee, and received a grant from MotorMVB this fall for its men’s volleyball program that will begin play in 2019.

Inaugural coach named at St. Elizabeth
The College of Saint Elizabeth announced last week that it hired Bill Condon to be the program’s head coach for its inaugural season in 2018. Condon takes over the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball team in Morristown, New Jersey, after leading the Morristown High School girls’ volleyball team to two conference titles in the last five years.